Dolphins’ climb continues; Josh McDaniels feeling the warmth: 3 up, 3 down

Week 10 was a wild one, as they are usually the deeper into the NFL season we get. Listed below are my fill up and inventory down picks following Sunday’s motion. 

3 Up

Miami Dolphins offense

The Dolphins offense is a buzzsaw proper now, reducing by opposing defenses with relative ease. Miami’s offense has scored over 30 factors in three straight video games, as quarterback Tua Tagovailoa moved to an ideal 7-0 in video games he is began and completed Sunday’s victory over the Cleveland Browns. 

The Dolphins are a multi-dimensional offense, that includes the very best pair of huge receivers within the league with a complimentary speeding assault. Offensive play caller and head coach Mike McDaniels schemes up profitable throws for Tua, who’s taking part in much better than anybody who would not personal a Dolphins jersey thought. He is making correct throws that permit Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle to dash by opposing defenses. 

With defenses keying on the passing sport, the Dolphins run sport has taken off. They managed the road of scrimmage whereas speeding for 195 yards on Sunday. They made the Browns protection look foolish at occasions. It is exhausting to see who or what can decelerate the Dolphins offense proper now. They’re merely on a roll. 

KaDarius Toney 

When the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs traded for the New York Giants former first-round receiver, I used to be skeptical about his utilization within the Chiefs offense. Their offense is not any roughly tough than most, because the West Coast offensive verbiage lays out his actual route. Nevertheless, the Chiefs one is complicated with formations, motions, shifts and choices as soon as the ball is snapped. Patrick Mahomes tends to “struggle” with new receivers till they get comfy with one another’s actions. Plus the Chiefs already had a deep receiver room, together with second-round draft decide Skyy Moore, who was not getting many touches.   

Properly, I used to be confirmed improper on Sunday as Toney appeared totally built-in into the offense towards the Jacksonville Jaguars.  He had 4 receptions for 57 yards and located the top zone for the primary time in his skilled profession. Now, these outcomes aren’t Earth-shattering, however they’re vital nonetheless. The Chiefs had been with out Mecole Hardman from the kick and misplaced JuJu Smith-Schuster early within the sport. 

The Chiefs wanted Toney to step up. Additionally, Toney’s velocity and fast twitch is the closest they need to changing Tyreek Hill on this offense. The Chiefs have seen a heavy dose of man protection this season, which has shut down the passing assault. Toney is the receiver who can beat man protection, and if he continues to shine on this offense, the Chiefs’ assault will solely get higher. 

Giants’ playoff probabilities

Toney’s outdated staff, the New York Giants, are again within the win column with a 21-13 win towards the Houston Texans. I have to reiterate, the Giants aren’t significantly good. They’re extraordinarily well-coached, tailor the schemes to the gamers and play robust soccer. They’ve eradicated the errors from Daniel Jones, which retains the chains shifting and the opponent with fewer scoring alternatives. The Giants at the moment sit at 7-2, the third-best report within the NFC convention. 

The Giants have the Lions, Colts, and two towards the Commanders as upcoming video games they need to win. Even when they break up these, plus fail to win video games the place they’re underdogs, these 9 wins ought to get them into the playoffs. It is sufficient for a playoff spot. Sure, the Giants might be a playoff staff. 

3 Down

Buffalo Payments

The Payments stepped onto their dwelling turf for the opening kickoff towards the Minnesota Vikings sitting atop the AFC convention at 6-2. Josh Allen, who entered daily with an elbow harm, unexpectedly began the competition, which become a Sport of the 12 months candidate. The Payments went up 27-10 and gave the impression to be cruising to a win towards the seven-win Vikings. Not so quick. The Payments blew the 17-point benefit, which included an ill-timed  Allen interception, and a good worse botched middle trade because the Payments had been trying to expire the clock. After the extra time loss, the Payments not solely dropped out of first place within the convention however into third place of their division! 

Vikings drive Josh Allen to fumble on the objective line, rating WILD TD vs. Payments

Vikings force Josh Allen to fumble at the goal line, score WILD TD vs. Bills

The Minnesota Vikings compelled Josh Allen to fumble on the objective line and use the well timed TD to ultimately decide up a 33-30 OT victory.

The Payments have extra points past their present rankings within the AFC East. That they had not scored a second-half landing since their Week 6 win at Kansas Metropolis. That is six quarters of second-half soccer with no offensive touchdowns.  

Allen has oddly reverted again to throw some foolish interceptions, and there is no clarification as to why. Possibly it is the elbow, however I doubt it. Talking of the elbow … Anytime I hear a few UCL ligament within the elbow being pressured it is worrisome. I do know a soccer throwing movement is much completely different than baseball, and quarterbacks can play by them, however this is not a nothing harm. It may flare up at any time. Additionally, if Allen is not training that takes away alternatives to sync with receivers and his safety unit. The Payments are trending down. I did not suppose I would have written this only a month in the past.

Josh McDaniels 

If the Las Vegas Raiders head coach would not have his entry to the power eliminated earlier than you all learn this text I would be stunned. Final season, the Raiders made the playoffs after Jon Gruden was fired as head coach. The Raiders added two All-Professional impression gamers, Davante Adams and Chandler Jones, and retooled different positions on the roster. Nevertheless, the Raiders are a dumpster hearth after shedding to the Colts on Sunday to drop their report 2-7 below the first-year coach. 

The Colts had an interim coach in Jeff Saturday, a first-time play caller, and had not appeared wherever close to a good staff just lately. None of that mattered on Sunday. The Colts speeding sport gashed the Raiders and Matt Ryan was ok. The Colts allowed solely 308 yards to the Raiders offense, the facet of the ball that McDaniels focuses on. 

The Raiders are only a dangerous soccer staff and McDaniels doesn’t seem to encourage them to play properly. 

Los Angeles Rams

The defending Tremendous Bowl champs season is completed after this week, which I doubt anybody believed can be the case heading into this marketing campaign. It is simply been a catastrophe. Offensive line accidents, regression from Matthew Stafford and poor working again play has made the Rams the least environment friendly offense within the NFL. Now the Rams’ finest offensive weapon, Cooper Kupp, left the sphere throughout Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals with an ankle harm. There isn’t any cavalry coming to save lots of this staff. They’re toast for 2022. 

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Geoff Schwartz performed eight seasons within the NFL for 5 completely different groups. He began at proper sort out for the College of Oregon for 3 seasons and was a second-team All-Pac-12 choice his senior yr. He’s an NFL analyst for FOX Sports activities. Comply with him on Twitter @GeoffSchwartz.


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